Post by mcdadenets50 on Mar 9, 2006 17:51:29 GMT -6
THURSDAY, March 9, 2006, 3:28 p.m. By Charles F. Gardner Spielmann accepts UWM job
Bob Spielmann, who won 20 state soccer championships at Milwaukee Marquette during a storied tenure that began in 1979, has been hired as associate head coach at UW-Milwaukee, according to UWM sources.
The university approved the contract several weeks ago, and it received final approval on Thursday from the academic affairs department of the University of Wisconsin system. It is expected a formal announcement of Spielmann's hiring will be made on Friday.
Spielmann will join a staff led by newly hired head coach Jon Coleman. Also being added to the staff is assistant coach Chris Dadaian, who was a goalkeeper for the Panthers from 1999-2002.
I talked to a guy who used to play for UWM who still regularly talks with the players. I guess the players are really pissed off about Bennett leaving, and it seems like none of them want to transfer to Marquette because of that. I'm sure the hiring of solid Milwaukee area coaches will only further work to keep them here.
Basically, keep in mind that in this case, UWM has the history, not Marquette.
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Post by JimmyLemke on Mar 10, 2006 16:41:53 GMT -6
Going to Nathan Hale, we always fielded teams that were state and occasionally nationally ranked. The Dombrowski family of UWM, freshmen Adam Stikl and Steve Hennessy at UWGB, and Phil Weber at Drake all are part of the Hale soccer tradition.
However, as long as I can remember, Hale could never usurp Marquette as the premier team in the Greater Metro Conference (By far the best boys soccer conference in the state). To get Marquette's coach Spielmann is a BIG thing, especially in recruiting players in the area. Although we have made our mark with out of state players like Tony Sanneh and Antou Jallow, area players really do their part with the Panthers.
This is a big step to ensuring Bennett will not beat Coleman in the upcoming Recruiting Wars. Keep an eye on where area recruits go in the upcoming months and years.
Jimmy Lemke UWM Post Sports Editor
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